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'SNL' Scorecard: Anna Kendrick Sings and Sings and Sings and Sings...

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by Mike Ryan April 6, 2014 @ 10:09 AM
Anna Kendrick is the perfect type of ‘SNL’ host – to the point that, as a performer, she could easily be a member of the cast. (I have no idea what her sketch writing ability is like.) Kendrick blends in with the rest of the cast so easily, it allows the show to be about the sketches and not about the host. Not to mention, she’s quite talented, which allows for a lot of singing and dancing – and there was a lot of singing and dancing last night (and a lot of Disney references). This was by far the most consistent show of the season, which makes it the best show of the season (even though I'm hesitant to use the word "best"). So much, in fact, that I wish I could set today’s Scorecard to the music of ‘Treasure Planet.’

'SNL' Brings in Liam Neeson to Solve the Crisis in the Ukraine

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by Jacob Hall March 9, 2014 @ 9:47 AM
NBC
The world is a little more terrifying than usual these days. With Russian forces occupying Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, the internet has already started throwing around references to World War III. Thankfully, 'SNL' is here to take something that has us terrified and make us laugh instead. The show's solution? Bring in Liam Neeson.

'SNL' Adds Sasheer Zamata as New Black Female Cast Member

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick January 6, 2014 @ 4:05 PM
Robyn Von Swank
What, you thought Jonah Hill's third hosting gig was the 'SNL' news of the day? Nope! At long last, after a heated controversy and a nationwide search, the long-running NBC sketch comedy series has found its newest black female cast member in Upright Citizen's Brigade veteran Sasheer Zamata.

'SNL' Auditioning Black Female Cast Members After Racial Controversy

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick December 12, 2013 @ 5:00 PM
NBC
'SNL''s acclaimed hosting gig with 'Scandal' star Kerry Washington may have made light of the racial controversy attached to the current season, tasking Washington with portraying a number of famous black female figures, though it seems the NBC sketch comedy series has in mind to correct the issue after all. Could a new black female comedienne join 'SNL' before the season is out?

'SNL' Diversity: Kenan Thompson Defends Casting, Says Black Female Comedians "Aren't Ready"

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick October 15, 2013 @ 2:29 PM
NBC
Diversity questions have presented themselves among 'SNL''s 39-year history on multiple occasions, most recently as black cast member Jay Pharoah criticized the current cast's lacking female performers of color. Cast veteran Kenan Thompson has a different opinion however, believing most of the black female performers that have auditioned to join the cast simply weren't "ready."

'SNL's' Jay Pharoah Confirms Jason Sudeikis' Exit

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick May 20, 2013 @ 2:00 PM
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This past weekend during 'SNL's' heartwarming season finale, cast and crew bid adieu to both Bill Hader and Fred Armisen, while less in focus was the fate of fellow veteran Jason Sudeikis. Sudeikis has kept mum on the prospect of his 'SNL' future, but has cast member Jay Pharoah accidentally spilled the beans?

'SNL' Goes Over the Fiscal Cliff

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by Jacob Hall December 9, 2012 @ 11:21 AM
NBC
With the election a month behind us, 'Saturday Night Live' has to find another political subject to latch onto in the coming weeks and the Fiscal Cliff crisis certainly feels right. Last night's episode continued the 2012 tradition of opening episodes with something politically themed with a typical presidential press conference sketch, where Jay Pharoah's President Obama took the stage to address the Fiscal Cliff. Naturally, things get weird pretty quickly.

SNL: Mitt Romney, Post-Election

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by Jacob Hall November 11, 2012 @ 10:20 AM
NBC
The 2012 presidential election is over, which means that Saturday Night Live will have to find other major events to skewer for the next four years. Last night's cold open not only felt like an appropriate climax to all of this season's political sketches, it felt like a tribute to Jason Sudeikis' always great Mitt Romney, who, much like his real life is counterpart, will soon vanish from the public eye.